Fantasy fiction from the East
Indian novelists aren’t usually associated with fantasy novels. Yet Western offerings like Harry Potter and the Twilight saga have been a huge hit with lit lovers young and old over the shores, with fans queuing at bookshop to buy them up en masse. Kolkata-born city banker Amish spotted a gap in the market for escapist fiction with an Indian twist and traded in his stable career for the world of storytelling.
A few months later, he found himself the author of one of the highest selling book series in Indian publishing history – the Meluha trilogy.
Set in 1900 BC, in what Indians refer to as the ‘Indus valley Civilisation’ comes the legend of Shiva, the main character in the fantasy tales. The first novel in the Shiva trilogy, Immortals of Meluha, has sold over 700,000 copies so far; a staggering figure for modern Indian literature.
If you like adventures and gripping reads, then snap up a copy when it hits our shelves early next year and embark on Shiva’s heroic journey through the land of the Chandravanshis along the Saraswathi river. Sounds hypnotising…
The Immortals of Meluha by Amish is released in the UK on January 14th 2013.